Pregnant? Here’s what you should take to the hospital when it’s time to deliver your new bundle of joy.

Giving birth is a wonderful time of joy and excitement. Having the right supplies on hand will help ensure every moment is memorable for the right reasons. To avoid forgetting necessities, it’s a good idea to pack your hospital bag for delivery a month before your due date. Also, don’t worry about valuables, such as money or jewelry. Your postpartum room will have a personal safe for you to safely store any important belongings you wish to bring with you.

What should I take in my delivery hospital bag?

When packing your bag in preparation of delivery, pack the following items for yourself:

  • Bathrobe
  • Birthing Plan
  • Bra and nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Deodorant, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, and hairbrush
  • Hair bands
  • Insurance information, hospital forms, and photo ID
  • Loose, comfortable clothing
  • Nightgown
  • Phone charger
  • Socks
  • Underwear

You should also have these items on hand for baby:

  • Going home clothing
  • Hat
  • Infant car seat
  • Receiving blanket
  • Socks

Items for your birthing partner:

  • Clothing
  • List of contacts to announce the birth
  • Snacks and drinks (partner should bring enough to share)
  • Stopwatch to time contractions

What kind of clothes are good for newborns?

You might want your baby to look as cute as can be, but cute clothes may be more of a bother during the early days. Pack newborn clothes that are comfortable, stretchy, and easy to get on and off your little one. Avoid lots of buttons or snaps for an easier time dressing and undressing your baby.

What items do you really need with a newborn on the way?

When preparing to meet your new one, there are certain things you need on hand. There are also items that are better left at home. Things to not bring to the hospital include:

  • Baby toys. Newborns just need you.
  • Blankets, pillows, or towels. These are provided at the Henry Mayo Center for Women and Newborns.
  • Excessive clothes for you or baby. Remember, you likely won’t be in the hospital for more than a couple of nights.

Looking for a hospital with amenities and staff to make your birthing experience unforgettable? Learn more about the Henry Mayo Center for Women and Newborns.